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Costa Brava, Spain Culture & history

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Girona: Small Group Walking Tour

1. Girona: Small Group Walking Tour

The ancient walled city of Girona stands on a fortress-like hill, high above the confluence of the Onyar and Ter rivers. As the provincial capital, it has a long and distinguished history. Founded by Iberians, the Romans later named it Gerunda and established it as an important stopping point on the Via Augusta, linking Iberia with Rome. But the most important time for the city was the middle ages, due to its location near the french border the city was under siege several times, so its main buildings are from that time. Girona has the huge 15th century cathedral, boasting the widest unsupported gothic arch in the world which dominates the skyline. Much of the city's attraction lies in exploring the medieval streets, especially around the charming Jewish quarter. In the lower part of the city, you will enjoy spectacular images of steep alleyways and the brightly painted façades of the houses overlooking the Onyar river which provide the most emblematic image of the city.  Among the bridges that span the river are the lightweight Gómez bridge and the Ferreries Velles bridge which was designed by Gustave Eiffel in 1877. Also, if you are interested in The Game of Thrones series, the guide will show the locations where the 6th season was filmed. This extensive visit will show you the most important monuments of Girona, its history, its Jewish heritage and also its legends. Join local guides who know all the secrets of the city.

From Barcelona: Girona, Figueres and Dalí Museum Day Tour

2. From Barcelona: Girona, Figueres and Dalí Museum Day Tour

Discover the 2 most representative cities of northern Catalonia, Girona and Figueres, on a full-day tour from Barcelona. Explore Girona's medieval monuments on a guided walking tour, and plunge into Salvador Dalí's surreal world at the Dalí Theater-Museum in Figueres. Meet your guide and set off from Barcelona to head first to Girona, a city founded by the Romans. Learn about Girona's history with your guide, and admire a city used as a filming location for Game of Thrones. See some of the finest historic architecture in Spain, including medieval walls, Romanesque and Gothic monuments, Arab baths, baroque spaces, and one of the best-preserved Jewish quarters in Europe. Next, make your way to Figueres, the world capital of surrealism. Take advantage of priority entrance to the Dalí Theatre-Museum, which contains the largest collection of the artist's works and is a surrealist work of art in its own right. Step into a different universe when you enter the museum, and immerse yourself in Dalí's unique world on an orientation tour. Take some time to explore the permanent Dalí Jewels exhibition, then conclude your tour with a return journey to Barcelona and the original meeting point.

Girona and Figueres Full-Day Tour with Hotel Pick Up

3. Girona and Figueres Full-Day Tour with Hotel Pick Up

Escape the hustle and bustle of Barcelona for the day on a full-day trip to Girona and Figueres, two of the most scenic towns of the Costa Brava. First, visit the historic town of Girona to see Roman remains and medieval buildings. Lose yourself in a labyrinth of narrow streets, and travel through the best-preserved Jewish Quarter in Europe. Marvel at Girona Cathedral and the widest Gothic nave in the world. Then, see the colorful houses along the River Onyar. Go to the top of Girona’s medieval walls for panoramic views. Next, transfer to Figueres near the border with France, and experience one of the main destinations of the so-called “Dalí Triangle.” Explore the birthplace of Salvador Dalí, and enter some of the places he frequented as an adult. Go to the Dalí Museum, designed by Dalí himself on the ruins of an old municipal theater. Journey into the artist's mind as you explore the vast collection of his work, including some of the strangest artifacts imaginable.

Figueres: City Walking Tour & Dali Museum

4. Figueres: City Walking Tour & Dali Museum

Explore this gem of Catalonia with an expert-led walking tour based around the life and work of Dali. Enjoy skip-the-line access to his Museum, together with other key sights of this delightful city. Meet your expert guide to stroll the streets of Figueres. See where Dalí was born, and walk from sculpture to monument celebrating the city's most famous son. Hear fascinating facts about Dali's life from your informative guide. Then, wander through the beautiful historic center of Figueres towards the highlight of the tour, the Dalí Theater-Museum. Observe all the details inside and outside of this bombastic museum, considered to be the artist's last great work. Enjoy a space where everything within it was conceived and designed with the purpose of taking the visitor inside a unique world.

From Barcelona: Personalized Salvador Dalí Costa Brava Tour

5. From Barcelona: Personalized Salvador Dalí Costa Brava Tour

You’ll be picked up by private transport to begin this 10-hour personalized tour through the idyllic landscapes of Costa Brava. Experience the sites important in the life of Salvador Dalí, one of the world’s most important Surrealist painters. Head first to Figueres, a small town near the border with France and one of the points that make up the so-called Dalí Triangle.  Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres and spent his childhood here. Get to know the streets and places that marked his early years as well as some of the places he frequented as an adult. Next, you’ll visit the Dali Museum, called the largest surrealistic object in the world. Designed by the artist himself on the ruins of an old municipal theater, the Museum takes you into the painter's mind via a collection of the strangest artifacts you can imagine. Follow the footsteps of the artist to Cadaqués, one of the hidden gems of the Costa Brava. The easternmost of the villages on the Iberian peninsula features spectacular views of white houses, the sea, and the capricious forms of the mountainous terrain.  Walk around the town center, relax at the waterfront, and enjoy the cuisine of a traditional fishing village. Just a mile from Cadaqués is Portlligat, the last stop on your itinerary. In 1930, Dalí made his home in this tiny, charming cove, building his house from a group of fishermen's huts. It has since been converted into the House Museum as it is the site where the painter created his most important works. Take an intimate tour through the rooms where he lived with his beloved wife and muse, Gala.

From Barcelona: Dalí-Themed Cadaqués & Costa Brava Day Trip

6. From Barcelona: Dalí-Themed Cadaqués & Costa Brava Day Trip

This full-day tour from Barcelona follows in the tracks of the surrealist genius Salvador Dalí, exploring the landscape that inspired his art. You’ll visit his favorite haunts and secret hideaways, as well as the legendary Dali Museum at Figueres and his former home near Cadaqués. Go from Barcelona to Figueres, where you’ll visit Dalí’s birthplace and the extraordinary museum dedicated to his work. Dalí wanted visitors to see his massive collection as a “whole,” so there are no catalogues and the work is not displayed in any organized manner. The tour continues to the beautiful coastal village of Cadaqués, famous for its whitewashed Mediterranean houses and narrow streets. With its charming bay, it is one of the most picturesque villages on the Costa Brava. What is particularly stunning is the dramatic scenery on the drive there. For lunch, you can enjoy local seafood specialties at one of the numerous terraces, or grab a sandwich and relax on the beach. You’ll soon understand why Cadaqués inspired Dalí and so many other artists. Travel up the coast to the smaller village of Port Lligat, where Dalí sought the peace and quiet that truly inspired him.  The winter schedule (September 1 to June 30) starts with a drive to Figueres, where you will spend the morning exploring the Dalí Museum.  From the museum, drive to Cadaqués. After lunch at your own expense, continue exploring Cadaqués or head to Port Lligat, to visit Dali's House. The summer schedule (July 1 to August 31) leaves Figueres for Pubol Castle, once the home of Dalí and his wife Gala, located in the village of the same name. Visit the Gala Dalí House-Museum in the castle, and after lunch, venture to one of the many beautiful beachside towns that dot the Costa Brava coastline.

From Barcelona: Medieval Villages Day Tour

7. From Barcelona: Medieval Villages Day Tour

Discover the medieval villages of Catalonia on a guided small group tour around the area. Visit Besalú, Rupit, and Travertet, with a mix of free time to explore and storytelling from your guide. Meet your guide in central Barcelona in the morning before setting off for a drive through the heart of the Catalan countryside to the ancient town of Besalú. When you arrive, take a guided walk through this beautifully preserved village from the Middle Ages. Admire the town's arcaded streets, visit a restored mikveh (an old Jewish bath from the 12th century), and see the remains of a medieval synagogue. Continue by minivan to the village of Rupit. En route, you’ll pass Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the smallest towns in Catalonia with just 1,000 inhabitants living in just 3,280 square feet of space, located on the edge of a basalt precipice. When you arrive in Rupit, enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore this beautiful village at your leisure. Wander along the cobblestone streets lined with 16th-century country houses, stop by the hanging wooden bridge, and visit the Baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel. Purchase lunch at a local restaurant and see the remains of the Castle of Rupit perched on a rocky peak. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to the top of the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs. Pass a megalithic tomb (a field of funerary urns) and then the Iberian Wall before reaching the village of Tavertet. With your guide, tour this charming village, which has been declared a National Property of Cultural Interest due to its 48 preserved houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. Learn about the village as you admire the houses and the 11th-century Romanesque Church of Sant Cristòfol. Enjoy a short break for coffee at a local café at your own expense or walk to the viewpoint to admire stunning views over the Panta de Sau Lake. Then, relax on the drive back to Barcelona and take in views of El Magatalls, a beautiful lush forest, and El Montseny, a UNESCO Man and Biosphere-listed natural park.

Barcelona: Full-Day Costa Brava and Dalí Museum Tour

8. Barcelona: Full-Day Costa Brava and Dalí Museum Tour

After meeting up at your bus, you will take the motorway before arriving in Calella de Palafrugell at around 9:45 AM. Calella de Palafrugell is a village of great beauty in both architecture and landscape. The town, splashed with small bays, becomes a fusion of land and sea that has an incomparable setting. Enjoy some free time to explore the village, enjoy the scenery, and take great photographs. Later, start walking along Camino de Ronda, which is going to lead you to the neighborhood town of Llafranc. You will then hike for about 30 minutes over terrain which is easy to navigate for everyone. The “Camino de Ronda” borders all the Costa Brava, and was used to control maritime smuggling. Today, thanks to this, you can discover beautiful spots that wouldn’t be otherwise accessible Heading back to the bus, you will go onward to Pals, a town located inland on the top of a hill. The location is entirely built into an ancient Medieval village, and the enclosure is crowned with a cylindrical tower from the 12th century. It also has an excellent terrace that offers stunning views of the Costa Brava and its immediate surroundings. Walking through the cobbled streets, you will feel like you have gone back in time. In the afternoon, arrive at Figueres where you can enjoy an hour and a half to grab lunch (own expense). Spend your time exploring the quaint streets of the old town before visiting the incredible Dalí Theater-Museum, which houses the largest collection of his artworks.

From Lloret de Mar: Camp Nou Stadium and Museum Tour

9. From Lloret de Mar: Camp Nou Stadium and Museum Tour

Be picked up at your hotel in Lloret de Mar and travel to the Camp Nou Stadium, home to FC Barcelona. Explore Camp Nou Stadium and learn about the behind-the-scenes secrets of the stadium and FC Barcelona. Visit the Camp Nou Museum and see the European Cups, the trophy gallery, the Messi space, and multimedia exhibitions. After you visit the stadium and museum, you’ll have free time to stroll along the Ramblas and the surrounding area.

Private Full-Day Girona & Figueres From Barcelona

10. Private Full-Day Girona & Figueres From Barcelona

Escape the hustle and bustle of Barcelona for the day, on a full-day trip to Girona and Figueres, two of the most scenic towns of the Costa Brava. An expert guide will pick you up at your hotel or apartment with private transport. First, visit the historic town of Girona to see Roman remains and medieval buildings. Lose yourself in a labyrinth of narrow streets, and travel through the best-preserved Jewish Quarter in Europe. Marvel at Girona Cathedral and the widest Gothic nave in the world. Then, see the colorful houses along the River Onyar. Go to the top of Girona’s medieval walls for panoramic views. Next, transfer to Figueres near the border with France, and experience one of the main destinations of the so-called “Dalí Triangle”. Explore the birthplace of Salvador Dalí, and enter some of the places he frequented as an adult. Go to the Dalí Museum, designed by Dalí himself, on the ruins of an old municipal theater. Journey into the artist's mind as you explore the vast collection of his work, including some of the strangest artifacts imaginable.

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Our tour with Miquel was FANTASTIC!! He was funny, well-I formed, and most of all incredibly passionate about Dalí and that made us all appreciate the artist to the fullest. If you take this tour, DEFINITELY ask for Miquel!!!

We had a great experience with Luis! He was very knowledgeable and helpful. There was a lot of history I wasn’t aware of and he taught us quite abit! I would definitely recommend him for any tour in future.

Everything was great. The guides were very helpfull. We had enough time in Girona. Could have used a little more time in Figueres.

Well orgenized. On time. We enjoid the ride with Ruben the drivet and the guidence of Gemma the turist guide .

Our guide Gemma is fantastic and very knowledgeable in Dali and the tour is well organized.